Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been relieved from international duty this week due to the hamstring injury he suffered during their Europa League clash against FC Rostov.

AS Monaco midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko has been called up to the national team as a replacement for Paul Pogba for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifier with Luxembourg and friendly against Spain.

The 24-year old was forced off the field on Thursday when Manchester United won 1-0 against FC Rostov to progress to the quarterfinals of the Europa League. It is now confirmed that he will miss at least two weeks of action.

“Didier Deschamps has called up Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko following the withdrawal of Paul Pogba, with medical tests confirming he will be unavailable for a fortnight,” the statement from French Federation read.

The 24-year old has moved back to Old Trafford in a world record transfer that saw Red Devils spend a massive £89million. However, the midfielder has paid their faith with consistent performances as he has already made 44 appearances for the club so far this term.

Manchester United were initially believed to miss their midfield master for most of the April. However, the news comes as a relief for Mourinho as well as fans with Red Devils set to play a number of tough games in April.

The Red Devils have managed to win 3-1 against Middlesbrough in the weekend to move to fifth position in Premier League as they looked solid in attack and defense for most parts of the game.

Paul Pogba will play a massive role in the upcoming weeks as Manchester United eye more silverware with Europa League up for grabs while they are keen to finish in top four by the end of the season to compete in Champions League next season.


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